for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
at Davidson College

for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
at Davidson College

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Introducing Forbidden Renaissance

Team Name: Forbidden Renaissance

Team Members:

  • Kerry Winfrey (@TheFreshKwin)
  • Name (@garrett_nickelson)
  • Cole Reynolds (@cole_reynolds5)
  • Nick Peeples (@nickpeeples35)

How We Got Here: Racial divisions, gender and political polarization, LBGTQ discrimination, etc., have become intrinsically baked into every social aspect of our lives. Rather than sitting back and ignoring the problems that so many communities face today, we wanted to provide some way that could unite communities and create a sense of acceptance no matter your demographic. So in order to achieve this, we created the idea of Forbidden Renaissance.

What We Do: Our brand, Forbidden Renaissance, stems from our devotion to bridge the gap between people of all different demographics. Many of the discords we see today are so normalized in our society that people possess different implicit biases. We believe that there isn’t a full understanding of, or tolerance for, everyone’s circumstances and beliefs in our society. We have taken steps back rather than forward, and we need a cultural rebirth, or in other words, a renaissance, to stray away from our ignorance towards diversity. However, societal norms of today prevent progress—almost like it’s forbidden. Through our brand, we want to create an environment where it is safe for anyone to express their opinions, to expose their feelings, and to offer personal insight. We want to cultivate change and allow people to freely express what truly makes them unique.

Where We’re Going/What’s to Come: When we first began this project we limited ourselves to developing and spreading our message of unity and acceptance through the use of clothing. However, since then we have evolved our vision into accompanying the clothing line with an online platform that would eliminate the journalistic middleman of a reporter. This platform allows people to directly share their own first-person stories of different situations in society. Through the use of clothing (wearing what you believe in) and an online platform to explore other people’s experiences and insights, we believe there is a chance for open, civil dialogue among the community you otherwise may not see.

Wednesday, November 21: Right now, we’re collecting customer feedback via Survey Monkey and working to finalize both the website and our merchandise. We have decided to purchase long sleeve shirts since its Winter, and because we can sell them for slightly more than regular short sleeve t-shirts. We’re also contacting people to potentially write the initial stories that we will launch the website with. We’ve also begun posting on social media to create awareness of our company. We have also reached out to Chris Clark about setting up a legal consultation. We hope to follow up with the mentor Rory for any advice in this phase of the company.

Student Testimonial

Hub Happenings: Episode 9

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_video src=”″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]This week’s episode features 2018 Avinger Program winners Kim Bako ’21 and Patrick Sullivan ’21. Checkout their idea, JustPlay!

Don’t forget to like this video, comment what you would like to see, and subscribe to our YouTube channel so that you never miss a Hub Happenings upload! Thanks for watching. We will see you next week!

By Jessie Epstein ’21, Resident Vlogger at The Hurt Hub.


Student Testimonial

Hub Happenings: Episode 8

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_video src=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]This week’s episode features 2018 Avinger Program winners Nathan Engstrom ’21 and Zane Libke ’21. Checkout their idea, SowChange!

Don’t forget to like this video, comment what you would like to see, and subscribe to our YouTube channel so that you never miss a Hub Happenings upload! Thanks for watching. We will see you next week!

By Jessie Epstein ’21, Resident Vlogger at The Hurt Hub.

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Hiring for Winter Break Interns!

The Jay Hurt Hub for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Davidson College is hiring 2 Winter Break Interns (December 3 – January 14). If interested, apply through or Handshake (Davidson College Students). 

During this 6-week internship, you will work as to support The Hurt Hub@Davidson staff with hospitality and event logistics for the community. Interns will primarily work with the Community Manager of Flywheel Coworking (the coworking operator for The Hurt Hub@Davidson).This position requires flexibility in planning and in work hours during evenings and possible weekends.

Number of Positions Available: 2 positions available

Hiring Timeline: Position open until filled. Full consideration given to applications received before November 19th, 2018.

Pay Rate: $10/hour

Expected Time Commitment:

  • 6 weeks (December 3 – January 14)
  • 20 hours per week
  • Hours must be worked at an agreed upon schedule, during business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., evening hours between 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on weekends as needed.


  • Engage with and assist Flywheel Coworking members, prospective members, and walk-in guests.
  • Be ready to provide tours of the space and answer questions about the coworking concept and Flywheel Coworking memberships.
  • Act as a liaison between members and Community Manager, ensuring that any questions or requests are addressed in a timely manner.
  • Assist with the planning and execution of meetings and events including setup and breakdown.
  • Provide support to members; be willing to assist with their entrepreneurial tasks and projects.
  • Other administrative tasks for Flywheel Coworking, relating to managing the space, amenities and memberships.
  • Maintain the organization and cleanliness of Flywheel Coworking and its public areas.
  • Update and maintain member wall profiles as new members join.
  • Punctuality is expected and timely communication with Davidson student employee manager is required if a change in work hours is needed.
  • Additional duties as needed.

Desired Skills:

A successful Intern enjoys working with a team aligned with the mission of both The Hurt Hub@Davidson and Flywheel Coworking:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Energetic demeanor, outgoing personality, positive attitude.
  • Ability to adjust quickly to change, ability to take direction.
  • Strong work ethic, both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Willingness to pitch in wherever needed.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Flexible schedule preferred.

Physical Demands

  • Subject to normal inside office conditions.
  • Frequently required to walk, stand, sit and use hands.
  • Work on computer requires ability to use keyboard.
  • Occasionally required to reach with arms, carry/lift up to 20 pounds, stoop, kneel, bend, and crouch.
  • Must be able to assist with set-up and break-down of events, to include moving chairs and rolling tables to appropriate spaces.
  • NOTE: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]This fall, The Hurt Hub@Davidson launched Gig-Hub — an exchange where Davidson students and startups/companies can connect on short-term real-world projects for pay: you know, a gig! Julie Goff ‘05, General Manager of The Hurt Hub, was inspired to start Gig-Hub in response to the needs expressed by both students and businesses.

“We know Davidson students don’t have a ton of time for professional experience on top of full course loads, nor do they take on semester-long internships. However, students still need opportunities to demonstrate their skills.” Goff stresses, “How many students do you know that drive to Charlotte twice a week for an internship? Probably zero.”

With little time to take on formal internships, Davidson students miss out on valuable skills-based experience. Yet, students have always been motivated to earn money via short-term jobs; perhaps they pick up work as babysitters, tutors or baristas. Gig-Hub now allows students to allocate that same time to work that is more relevant to future careers and lives post-Davidson.

Meanwhile, companies are in need of more qualified individuals to work on short-term projects. “The world is moving away from 9-to-5 jobs with a 40-year commitment to the same company,” Goff explains, “Now, especially in the tech industry, jobs have become more project-based.”

Entrepreneurs often approach Goff looking for students to take on skill-specific work. Sometimes they need someone to take on 30 hours of research and development or hourly client support. Before now, faculty and staff had no seamless way of connecting interested companies to students with the right skills for short-term projects.

The Hurt Hub team decided the best way to meet the needs of both companies and students was to create Gig-Hub. Through Gig-Hub, students can get exposure to the professional world and companies can have access to motivated Davidson College students to work on real-time projects. Goff believes Gig-Hub will mold these two needs together “in a frictionless process that will be easy for both the student and the startup, or innovative company.”

Students can apply for Gig-Hub through Handshake. Students apply for up to 8 separate “skill pools” based on qualifications and experience. When a company comes to The Hurt Hub@Davidson with a specific project, The Hurt Hub will connect with students from most applicable skill pool to let them know about the opportunity. Any available student in that pool can either accept or decline the project. If the student accepts, The Hurt Hub will send the student’s information and resume to the company to conduct interviews. The Hurt Hub then assists students with setting up online payments to streamline the hiring process for both the student and the hiring company.

All in all, Gig-Hub is a new opportunity for students and companies to collaborate in a way that is effective and useful for both parties. Don’t miss your opportunity to get involved and check out our website for more information about Gig-Hub! Students, read about the Gig-Hub and join us for a 30-minute information session. Companies, submit a project to the Gig-Hub on our website.

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Student Testimonial

Hub Happenings: Episode 7

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_video src=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]This week’s episode explores CAT CLAWS hosted at The Hurt Hub!

CAT CLAWS workshops are interactive and grounded in project-based problem solving. You’ll work with real data and address real-world challenges with one of the most commonly used tools in Data Analytics.

Don’t forget to like this video, comment what you would like to see, and subscribe to our YouTube channel so that you never miss a Hub Happenings upload! Thanks for watching. We will see you next week!

By Jessie Epstein ’21, Resident Vlogger at The Hurt Hub.


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